Rumours abound surrounding Arsenal right now, and with Sven Mislintat confirmed to be departing the club and our transfer budget restricted to scouring for loan deals, most of the rumours are based on who will replace the departing German.
In one story bound to cheer us Gooners up, one of the names mentioned is Monchi.
The former goalkeeper turned Director of Football is one of the few names in world football that can rival Sven Mislintat for reputation when it comes to backroom football. Monchi made his name with Sevilla, working alongside our current boss Unai Emery.
Monchi started his career after hanging up his gloves at the age of 30 and went on to create a vast network of scouts for the club, and had a hand in discovering some excellent footballers, namely Sergio Ramos, Jose Antonio Reyes and Jesus Navas. The network he christened also was responsible for picking up Ivan Rakitic, Seydou Keita and Dani Alves among others.
It was his dealings that helped Sevilla get a foothold in La Liga’s upper reaches and it was no surprise that the club was reluctant to let him go in 2016. Monchi managed to leave and is now at Roma - and it would be a huge coup if we could manage to get him to our club.
Monchi would be a big target for many clubs, and his familiarity with the current setup at Arsenal, and his prior working relationship with Unai Emery may prove to be the kicker for Arsenal’s hopes of luring the Spaniard to Arsenal to fill Mislintat’s boots - and take the position that Mislintat craved - the Director of Football.
With the German leaving, we not only need a Director of Football, we also need a Head of Recruitment, and this role could be combined with the arrival of Monchi.This amalgamation would no doubt save money too for Arsenal, which is in-keeping with Arsenal’s current frugal policies.
Another plus point in Monchi’s favour? The Spaniard was given the task of harnessing the power of Sevilla’s youth policy when at the club, and his favouring of nurturing home grown talent will fall in line with Arsenal’s policy of mixing purchases with talented Academy players.
This move would be a big plus for Arsenal, watch this space for the latest on any news.